PODCAST! Ep. 24: Liam's Cannes memories, John Wick's balletic killing spree and some words about Tim Conway

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After years reporting from the Croisette, Liam Lacey talks about the weirdness of Cannes and its role as a promoter and influencer. We also talk about the escalating death count and increasingly complicated plot of John Wick, Keanu Reeves’ likability, and the new film’s assassin roles for female and gender non-binary actors. We also take a few moments to appreciate Tim Conway.

And Jim Slotek talks about the Swedish space film Aniara, an existential experience that suggests a dour Scandinavian Gilligan’s Island, with plenty of booze and orgies.

PODCAST! Ep. 23: Avatar and Star Wars and Avatar and Star Wars (kill me now)

Starting this Christmas, every Christmas but one until 2027 will have either an Avatar sequel or a Star Wars sequel. We discuss being force-fed these Disney owned properties like foie gras geese.

A look at Christmas future, courtesy of our new Disney overlords.

A look at Christmas future, courtesy of our new Disney overlords.

And with Pokemon Detective Pikachu opening this week (grab those paycheques Ryan Reynolds!), we talk about how toys came to be content, and the extreme weirdness (and in some cases, perviness) of Japanese pop culture that makes it tempting for Hollywood to appropriate. And some other stuff, including the Canadian movie Ordinary Days, and Mena Massoud, the actor who’s playing the title role in Disney’s new Aladdin .

PODCAST! EP. 18: Pet Sematary, Shazam, The Joker, and are the studios conspiring against Netflix?

An extremely grumpy cat from Pet Sematary

An extremely grumpy cat from Pet Sematary

Why did we hate the new Pet Sematary when so many critics didn’t? What does it take to translate Stephen King properly to the screen? We talk about the new Joker trailer, and Is Batman now too grim for escapist times? Whose Captain Marvel is it, anyway? Are the studios colluding against Netflix? And is this the greatest breakup line ever? (From the Canadian Millennial anti-romance Acquainted), “We became adults together, but those adults don’t owe those children anything.”)

PODCAST! EP. 17: Why Dumbo doesn't fly, Apple bites back, and what we'd do with the Canadian Screen Awards

Nothing personal, Dumbo

Nothing personal, Dumbo

In this week’s ep., we discuss whether elephants can fly and why Dumbo doesn’t. We’ve got a clip of Danny DeVito talking up his role as The Ringmaster, Apple has entered the streaming fray against Netflix and Disney, and we wonder whether “cutting the cord” will some day be as expensive as cable. And the Canadian Screen Awards this weekend, try to drum up interest in Canadian movies the public mostly hasn’t had a chance to see yet. We discuss how we’d fix this, and whether it’s even fixable.

PODCAST! EP. 12: A Valentine to our fave rom-coms, Oscar incompetence redux, and an impassioned defence of cinematography

By Jim Slotek, Liam Lacey, Karen Gordon and Thom Ernst

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PODCAST! EP. 11: Liam Neeson's words put in so much context, you'll be tired of context

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This week featuring Jim Slotek, Karen Gordon and Kim Hughes. Some of us have interviewed Liam Neeson repeatedly over the years, and we talk at length about what might have been going through his head when he made his controversial revenge confession, at a junket interview no less. Despite liking Neeson, none of us are fans of his new movie-in-the-snow Cold Pursuit. Also, Kim watched Taraji P, Henson in What Men Want, and not only did she not enjoy it, she says she STILL doesn’t know what men want.

PODCAST! EP. 10: We talk RAZZIES - and are these Oscars the most incompetently run awards in history?

The Happytime Murders: A Worst Movie Contender

The Happytime Murders: A Worst Movie Contender

A lot more silliness than usual in this episode. Jim Slotek, Kim Hughes, Karen Gordon and Bonnie Laufer talk about the RAZZIE Awards, some of our worst experiences in the theatre this year and puppet sex. We talk about the latest fumble by the Oscar producers - asking three of the four Best Song nominees to stand down and not perform (basically telling them they don’t have a change of winning). And we suss the Screen Actors Guild Awards, and the now favourite status of Rami Malek, Glenn Close and Mahershala Ali.

PODCAST! Ep. 7: Can-filmmakers apologize for winning and give away prize money, a few words from Roma's Alfonso Cuaron and the Shyamalanaissance begins!!

Samuel L. Jackson in M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass

Samuel L. Jackson in M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass

In our latest episode, Jim Slotek, Kim Hughes, Liam Lacey, Karen Gordon and Bonnie Laufer talk about the most Canadian awards result ever - the directors of Anthropocene: The Human Epoch winning the $100k Rogers Best Canadian Film award from the Toronto Film Critics Association, saying sorry, and giving the money to the runners up and to charity.

We’ve got a few words from Roma director Alfonso Cuaron about how the emotionally-resonant scenes made him cranky. We talk about what kind of monsters would flame a teenage actor for congratulating Rami Malek on Twitter for his Golden Globe win?

And with M. Night’s Glass around the corner, let the Shyamalanaissance begin!